Minimum Driver License Requirements & Endorsements
You must have a driver’s licence to drive farm equipment on a highway. You will need at least one of these three licences:
- Class 3
- Allows operation of any single vehicle over 14,000 kg Gross Vehicle Weight
- Allows operation of any combination of vehicles over 14,000 kg Gross vehicle weight where towed vehicle in that combination does not exceed a Gross Vehicle Weight of 4500 kg.
- Class 5
- Allows operation of any single vehicle not exceeding 14000 kgs which includes vans having a seating capacity of 10 or more and less than 24.
- Allows operating of any combination of vehicles (other than semi-trailers or tractor trailer combinations) not exceeding in combination a Gross Vehicle Weight of 14000kg and the towed vehicles in that combination does not exceed a Gross vehicle weight of 4500kg.
- Class 8
- Allows operation of farm tractors only less than 14000 kgs.
- A Class 8 licence only lets you drive farm tractors.
- To pull farm implements on highways, you must take the Tractor Safety Course offered by Extended Learning and Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture. (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/extended-learning.html )
- Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a wallet card proving completion, allowing you to drive a tractor pulling farm implements with a combined weight up to 14,000 kg, with no restriction on the towed implement weight.